Should I get a genetic test if breast cancer runs in my family in aunts and cousins?

Test them first. In general, we look most closely at first-degree relatives (mom, sister, daughter), but it is still pertinent, especially if they are young. It is always best to have the members of your family who have had breast cancer get the brca test first. If they are brca(+), you can get tested for that specific mutation at a much lower cost; if they are(-), your family can feel comfortable about their risks.
Depends. First find a genetic counselor or a high risk breast specialist. They can assess your risk. A lot depends on the number of second order relatives, their ages at diagnosis, whether any were bilateral - and any other cancers in your family -especially ovarian, colon, or uterine. The office visit is not too expensive, but the actual test is.
Genetic testing. Perhaps, yes. But, before you do the test, you should have a detail discussion re - what is your risk for certain cancers-, what kind of genetic testing needed, how to interprete the result , what the consequencies of the test are etc- those above are things you should discuss either wih your oncologist or with a genetic counsellor. Discuss with your oncologist in detail.

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My aunt has breast cancer & also my mother.3 weeks ago my aunt did the genetic test &the results came negative. Does my mom has to do the test also?

Genetic testing. Depends on how many first (parent, sibling etc) and second degree relatives (aunts, grand parents) have cancer ; the type of cancer. If there are other female cancers in the family, then genetic counseling and testing may be indicated. Read more...
Reasonable choice. Significant family history (also check for uterine, ovarian, colon, prostate). Could have implications for you if positive on your mom. Read more...

Should I have genetic testing for breast cancer if family history?

Maybe. If in doubt go to a genetics counselor - most cancer centers have one. The consultation is not expensive, but the test itself is. They will ask about your age, the exact numbers of family members affected, their age at diagnosis, whether one or both breasts, their relationship to you (mother, sister, or daughter increase your personal risk), other cancers in the family. Then they can advise you. Read more...
Perhaps. The risk factor/indications for genetic testing are: multiple family members with a history of breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer, male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, ashkenazi jewish heritage, young age of diagnosis (<50 but really premenopausal particular early 40s-30s), triple negative (er/pr/her2-) status and age <60. Read more...

I have breast cancer in my family. Should I choose the most aggressive treatment? Should I have surgery to remove my healthy breast to keep from getting breast cancer in it? Should I have genetic testing?

Depends. Talk to your physician or a genetic counselor to decide if your family history suggests you have a > 10% chance of carrying a breast cancer gene. If so, you should be tested. The results may help guide you as to how aggressive you should be with the management of your breasts and your ovaries. Read more...
Take your time. One of the most difficult situations my breast cancer patients face is when they are diagnosed with a cancer that could otherwise be treated by lumpectomy, but a strong family history warrants consideration of double mastectomy. If this decision does not come easily to you, i suggest having the lumpectomy and stage the cancer; if chemo is needed, you will have months to decide re: double mast-x. Read more...
Consider all options. Take a deep breath. You have time to decide these things. If your mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer, you have a higher risk of having a brca mutation. See a genetic counselor. If genetic testing is recommended, do that right away. Those results will help you make decisions about surgery and chemotherapy. My best advice: don't make decisions based on fear! Read more...
Difficult decisions. Being faced with a new cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Pts are presented with lots of info and difficult options to consider. There are medical recs physicians can make but peace of mind on the pt's part plays an important role too. Most importantly, focus on optimum treatment for the cancer that has been diagnosed. Preventing something that may (or more likely won't) later occur is 2nd. Read more...
Maybe, maybe, yes. Hi, as a doc who had triple negative breat cancer, I am a bit less independent with my thinking. We don't know that much about breast cancer. Get more than one opinion.Do you have a breast cancer diagnosis? Brca i and ii are genetic tests that can be done to indicate the likehood of certain types of breast cancer, but these tests are not perfect indicators. Consider genetic tesing. Read more...

Who should get breast cancer genetic testing?

Family history. It may be useful for a woman with strong family history of breast cancer. Even in that case the woman should consider what she would do with the results before getting the tests done. It is best to consult your doctor to detemine if a genetic test may be warranted. Read more...
Start w/affected pt. Pesonal and family risk factors assoc w/brca mutation: muliple fam members, bil breast cancer, male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, ashkenazi jewish heritage (specific founder mutations), diagnosis age <50 (dx age < 60 if er/pr/her2 - or triple negative). Both maternal and paternal history is important. Read more...

Would would you get the breast cancer genetic testing?

Family history. It may be useful for a woman with strong family history of breast cancer to get genetic testing done. Even in that case the woman should consider what she would do with the results before getting the tests done. It is best to consult your doctor to detemine if a genetic test may be warranted. Read more...
Family history. It depends on the family history of the person. Read more...
Risk for cancer. If you have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer (or less commonly prostate or pancreas), if you had cancer before certain age, or breast cancer with certain characteristics, you may be a candidate for brca testing. Please note that this should be done in a setting of a full risk assessment visit by a trained professional. Read more...

Is it a good idea to obtain a genetic test using 23andme? It would be good to know what major diseases, such as breast cancer, I am vulnerable to.

Not a parlour game. A person should not undertake such testing without thinking about the impact now and in the future. I refer patients considering obtaining special testing or their genome to a genetic counselor or medical geneticist. Either can determine optimal testing for most patients and discuss details of what, where, when and how much to do. Nb: through rock health there's a connection between our founders. Read more...
Family want to know? Your question is a very important one. A person should not undertake such testing without thinking about the impact on family members also. I highly recommend that my patients considering obtaining special testing or their genome speak with a genetic counselor or medical geneticist. We have some prominent physicians on healthtap who have board certification in genetics. I will refer this to them. Read more...
Too early to say. This is a company that seems to have been created for this purpose. Having said that, i don't think they have the experience of interpretation that medical services, like karyotyping in cytogenetics provide. These are done only when warranted by sickness. It is also important to know that genetic discrimination can occur from this, which might lead to problems. More planning may be needed. Read more...
It depends on you! I believe genetic testing will be an extremely important and standard tool in the future. There is evidence that tests like this can tell whether you are more or less susceptible to many diseases. That said, genetics alone do not determine health risks; diet and lifestyle often play a larger role; fortunately, 23andme acknowledges this & discusses what is known about this. Please see my comment:. Read more...

Is there a genetic test to see how long someone will survive with breast cancer?

No. Many factors influence how long someone with breast cancer will survive, but there is no genetic test that can predict this. Read more...
No. Your survival with breast cancer primarily depends on how advanced the tumor is when it is diagnosed, the tumor markers and how adequately it can be treated. Genetic testing can be performed on the tumor to determine if it is a highly aggressive tumor or a less aggressive tumor. Depending on the extent of the cancer, gene testing may play some role in choosing therapy and predicting outcomes. Read more...

Has anyone had or heard of a genetic test you can have to see if you are at risk for breast cancer?

BRCA Testing. The brca test is a simple blood test that can determine if someone carries a mutation that puts them at high risk for developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. In general, we advise testing the member of the family who had cancer first & then testing others who want the test only if a mutation was found. Remember:most breast cancers are not hereditary. Check link in comments to see if you qualify. Read more...
BrCA 1 and 2. We can test forcertaintypes of hereditary breast cancer caused by the brca genes 1 and 2. There is also a test for lynch syndrome that causes increased risk of polyposis colorectal cancer, breast, and uterine cancer. Tests are available for li fraumeni which is very rare. We think that more (and cheaper) genetic testing will be available in the next several years. Read more...

Can you tell me if given the oppurtunity to get genetic testing for the breast cancer gene should I do it?

What do you mean? Genetic testing is a valuable but expensive tool that can save lives if properly used. If you went to a geneticist or a specialist in cancer genetics and were advised to do it, i would suggest you go for it. It should be in the setting of proper genetic counseling. Some genetic labs want to make it look as if it's "just a blood test" but it is not. Read more...
Informed decision. No one can tell you if genetic testing is right for you; it is your decision. See a genetic counselor or geneticist to go over all of the pros and cons of genetic testing before you make your decision. The goal of genetic counseling is to help you have all the information you need to make an informed, personal decision. Read more...